June 14, 2017
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball program had 10 players selected Wednesday afternoon (June 14) on the final day of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. With 11 total current players selected, the 2017 season marks Michigan's largest draft class since the MLB Draft began in 1965.
Wednesday's 10 picks included:
Junior C/IF Drew Lugbauer, Atlanta Braves, 11th round (320th overall pick)
Junior RHP Ryan Nutof, Cincinnati Reds, 16th round (467th)
Senior C Harrison Wenson, Los Angeles Angels, 24th round (715th)
Junior RHP Bryan Pall, Seattle Mariners, 25th round (753rd)
Junior IF Jake Bivens, Detroit Tigers, 27th round (815th)
Senior OF Johnny Slater, Seattle Mariners, 28th round (843rd)
Junior LHP Michael Hendrickson, Cleveland Indians, 28th round (852nd)
Junior LHP Grant Reuss, Detroit Tigers, 29th round (875th)
Senior RHP Mac Lozer, New York Mets, 33rd round (997th)
Senior SS Michael Brdar, St. Louis Cardinals, 36th round (1,084th)
The Wednesday draft picks join LHP Oliver Jaskie, who was chosen by the Seattle Mariners in the sixth round on Tuesday.
A Pleasant Valley, New York, native, Lugbauer played in 158 games for the Wolverines as both an infield and a catcher throughout the past three seasons, compiling a .274 batting average and a .454 slugging percentage with 56 extra-base hits. The lefty hitter also owns an impressive .376 on-base percentage with 83 career walks.
As a junior, Lugbauer led the Wolverines with a .518 slugging percentage, 60 RBI, 12 home runs, and 38 walks, earning an All-Big Ten Conference first team selection. He spent the majority of his junior season at third base and posted a .973 fielding percentage with just five errors at the hot corner. He was also named a national Player of the Week and a Big Ten Player of the Week as a junior and picked up two grand slams.
Nutof, from South Elgin, Illinois, has made 52 appearances over three years with the Maize and Blue, posting a 3.98 career earned run average. He has started 37 games with 15 appearances out of the bullpen. Through 205.2 innings pitched, Nutof has recorded 184 strikeouts while posting a .263 opponent batting average and earning 17 victories.
As a junior, Nutof served in both starting pitcher and relief roles, totaling 71.2 innings pitched with six wins. The righty recorded 71 strikeouts through 315 batters faced and surrendered just 24 walks. In a Big Ten Tournament contest this year against Northwestern, Nutof struck out a career-high 10 batters through 6.1 innings pitched and allowed just six hits.
Pall, a junior right-handed pitcher, has appeared in 50 career games in his three seasons with the Maize and Blue. An injury cut his 2017 season short as the Orland Park, Illinois, native appeared in just two games, recording a pair of strikeouts against Seton Hall (Feb. 18). Pall led Michigan relievers with four saves and three wins his sophomore season while striking out 33 batters in 32 innings pitched and recording four saves. He was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team in 2015 after going 2-0 with a 2.97 ERA and three saves in 23 appearances.
Wenson, a senior catcher, belted nine home runs and had 41 runs batted in while making 56 starts for the Wolverines in 2017. The Farmington Hills, Michigan, native was on the watch list for the Johnny Bench Award, an award given to the nation's best catcher. Wenson had a grand slam and drove in five runs against Indiana (April 22) and had four RBI in a win over Loyola Marymount (March 1). He hit .289 with eight home runs and had 56 RBI on his way to an All-Big Ten third team selection his junior season, when he recorded 20 multi-hit games and 14-multi RBI performances. This is the third time Wenson has been drafted. He was taken by the Detroit Tigers out of high school in 2013 and by the Pittsburgh Pirates last year.
Bivens, a junior infielder, has a career .320 batting average with 26 doubles, 46 stolen bases and 65 RBI in his three years with the Maize and Blue. The Battle Creek, Michigan, native stole 24 bases and had a .436 on-base percentage while starting all 59 games this season. He had three hits in wins over Michigan State (May 19) and Oklahoma (April 14). Bivens was an All-Big Ten third team selection in 2016, reaching base in 44 straight games and leading the team with 29 multi-hit outings. He was the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year in 2015, when he hit .319 with a .435 on-base percentage and a .368 average in conference contests.
Slater, a senior centerfielder, was an All-Big Ten third team selection in 2017 for the Wolverines. The Southfield, Michigan, native had 12 doubles, a team-best seven triples and five home runs while stealing 15 bases and driving in 47 runs. Slater had four doubles in a win over Michigan State (April 18) and added three hits and a pair of stolen bases against Illinois (April 8). He played in 196 career games with the Maize and Blue, stealing 32 bases and driving in 85 runs. This is the second time a team has drafted Slater. He was picked by the Atlanta Braves out of high school in 2013.
Hendrickson, a junior left-handed pitcher, went 6-3 with a 4.06 earned run average and 70 strikeouts in 15 starts for the Maize and Blue in 2017. The CoSIDA Academic All-District selection struck out eight batters in a win over Penn State (April 1) and had seven punchouts in 5.1 innings vs. Ohio State (May 7). In a win over Purdue (May 14), Hendrickson threw six shutout innings while striking out seven. He made 37 career appearances for U-M and struck out 112 batters.
Reuss, a junior/sophomore left-handed pitcher, made eight appearances out of the bullpen for the Wolverines during the 2017 season. He has allowed just one hit and three earned runs in his career with the Maize and Blue, posting a .038 career batting average against with 11 strikeouts.
Lozer, a senior right-handed pitcher, was an All-Big Ten third team selection in 2017. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Lozer owns a 2.21 career ERA and ranks second all-time at Michigan with 100 career appearances. He appeared 25 times during the 2017 campaign, did not allow a walk through his first 13 outings, and surrendered just nine hits on the season. Through 27.0 innings pitched as a senior, Lozer struck out 37 batters and gave up just three extra-base hits while earning one win and one save.
Brdar, a senior shortstop, was an All-Big Ten Conference first team selection in 2017. After spending two seasons at Diablo Valley Junior College, he joined the Wolverines in 2016 and started every game at shortstop his senior season. The De La Salle, California, native posted a .310 batting average in 2017 with a team-leading 75 hits to go with 37 RBI and 16 extra-base hits. Brdar was a force on defense for the Wolverines with a .988 fielding percentage and just three errors.
In addition, five incoming freshmen were chosen Wednesday:
1B Jason Pineda (Bronx, New York), San Diego Padres, 17th round (498th overall pick)
C Joe Donovan (Westmont, Illinois), World Champion Chicago Cubs, 33rd round (1,005th)
RHP Jeff Criswell (Portage, Michigan), Detroit Tigers, 35th round (1,055th)
OF Jesse Franklin (Seattle, Washington), Seattle Mariners, 37th round (1,113th)
LHP Angelo Smith (Oak Lawn, Illinois), Chicago White Sox, 40th round (1,197th)
They joined classmate Cody Bolton, a sixth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates during Tuesday's session.
Communications Contact: Katie Gwinn Hewitt
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